Upcycled Nightlight Vase

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Upcycled Nightlight Vase

We’re on week three living in a hotel and I’m starting to miss the comforts of home.  It’s the silly little things you start to miss the most, like a having a full-sized dining room table (that no one ever sat at anyway) and nightlights around the house.  I’ve more than once knocked into our dresser trying to make my way to the bathroom here in the middle of the night and I’ve got more than enough bruises to prove it.  I miss my crafting supplies too, all packed up waiting on movers later this week.

After finishing off a bottle of Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea Rooibos earlier this week, I was noticing how awesome the sleek new packaging was, and I decided I could do something about at least one of my problems.  I’ve wanted to work with LED light strands for a while, but didn’t really know what to do with them before now.  Making a nightlight seemed like a reasonable task.  As it turns out, it was quite simple and only cost me a few bucks.  As a bonus, it gives me a nice little touch of spring and adds a homey feel to our not-so-homey hotel room.


A few things you’ll need:

  • An Empty Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea Bottle – You can pick up Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea, including the new Sorta Sweet Honey Green Tea and Rooibos limited time varieties, at your local Walmart for only $1! (They are all amazing)
  • An LED Light Strand – You can order these online.
  • Raffia Grass or Ribbon – You can use either, or whatever material you want for decorating the bottle.  I just like the “natural” look of the raffia grass.
  • Floral Stems – You could use fresh flowers, BUT you can’t put water in the vase because of the LED lights, so artificial is really the way to go.

How to make an upcycled nightlight vase #TeaStraightUp #Ad

Once you have completed the first four steps, all that’s left to do is decorate.  I simply wrapped a little more raffia grass around the top of my nightlight vase, then secured it with a tight knot, leaving the ends hanging.  I also wrapped a little raffia grass around the bottom, just loosely.  Add floral stems of your choosing, and you’re done!

A few tips… 

  1. When feeding the LED lights into the bottle, you may need to use the handle of a cooking spoon to help work the light strand down into the bottle.  The copper wire gets a little bendy and might need some help.  Do not use anything sharp or you may cut the copper wire.
  2. When shaving off pieces of the floral foam, work over a sink or an area covered with paper towels.  The shaved foam gets a little messy and working over the sink or a paper towel covered area will make cleanup a breeze!
  3. When working with the raffia grass, you can use a hot glue gun to secure the grass rather than knotting it.  I don’t have my hot glue gun handy (it’s packed) and knotting works just fine.

Plastic Bottle As Vase

My afternoons are filled with job hunting, house hunting and errands.  Like lots of adults, I’m always in need of a little “pick me up” to boost my mood and help me make it through the rest of the day.  Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea gives me just that, a little boost, and a little reminder of the sweet tea back home in NC to put a smile on my face for the rest of the afternoon.  At my desk or on the go, I can enjoy it no matter what’s on my agenda.

Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea also comes in the following, equally delicious varieties:

  • Sorta Sweet Honey Green Tea
  • Rooibos
  • Unsweetened
  • Sorta Sweet
  • Sweet

Snapple Sorta Sweet Straight Up Tea


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4 Responses to Upcycled Nightlight Vase

  1. Doria says:

    Wow, that’s so clever!!! And I’ll definitely have to grab some of the unsweetened for my husband (he’s diabetic)–he loves iced tea, but most have sweeteners. Awesome post!

  2. What a cute idea! It looks very pretty and makes the perfect nightlight!

  3. Ashley says:

    These are some of my favorite drinks! And I LOVE the project! Such a fun and easy way to make an awesome nightlight.

  4. This is a fabulous idea! I love how it looks all lit up!

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